The new Delta plus variant of Sars-CoV-2, identified with the acronym AY.4.2, is under close observation in the United Kingdom, in Israel, in the United States, and now also in our country. According to what was declared by the president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità Silvio Brusaferro, “At the moment in Italy there are limited numbers of sequences, present in many Regions. The whole system is alerted at this moment ”.
During the press conference to present the weekly monitoring, Brusaferro specified that “they have been done 86 sequenziamenti to 19 October and are distributed to some extent in all the Regions ”. These are therefore very low numbers, but it is still important to keep your guard up to prevent it from spreading further.
According to Arnaldo Caruso, president of the Italian Society of Virology (Siv-Isv), “a Brescia we even saw 2 cases in a survey conducted at the end August, and most likely we were the first to spot it. But since then we have over 80 sequences filed nationwide, ”he explained to Adnkronos Salute.
Delta and Delta plus variant, the differences
Little is known about this new mutation, but how the Delta plus variant is distinguished from the Delta and the original stock? To explain it is Walter Ricciardi, consultant to the Minister of Health, during an episode of “L’aria che tira”.
“It appears to have an additional contagion capacity than the Delta variant it already is disastrous – explained Ricciardi – compared to the original Wuhan strain, which was transmitted to 2 people, this one is transmitted to 7. The Delta variant in Italy is present sporadically, but with planes arriving from all parts of the world we must be vigilant ”.
Delta plus variant, where it is widespread in the world
The Delta plus variant would also have been identified in Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, Germany. These countries are also struggling with a resumption of infections: in particular Russia, which is facing a new emergency, with an average of over 30 thousand cases and a thousand deaths a day.
Moscow, from Thursday 28 October, will enter lockdown.
Virgil News | 23-10-2021 08:35
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